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Gastonia couple charged with locking teen in room

Joy Evonne Skipper Joy Evonne Skipper
Johnny Rufus Dickson Johnny Rufus Dickson
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -

A Gastonia couple has been charged with locking a teen in a bedroom without food and water.

Police say the 14-year-old was left in the room for days without food and water or access to a bathroom.

Forty-five-year-old Joy Evonne Skipper and 41-year-old Johnny Rufus Dickson Sr. are charged with child abuse inflicting serious injury. They also are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Authorities say the victim was dehydrated and he tried to escape to beg for food from neighbors.

It was not clear if Skipper and Dickson have attorneys.

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